In addition to his discus title, Christian Buckley recorded another state championship in the shot put. He improved on his season-best throw by nearly two feet with a toss of 51 feet, seven inches at the state meet.
Rich and Burcham dominate the mile
Dylan Rich, of Buffalo, and Cabell Midland's Jacob Burcham each won their respective class' titles in the 1600-meter run.
Rich, who recently committed to the University of Kentucky, missed the state meet record (4:23.18) by one-hundredth of a second, a record he set in 2012.
"Basically, just I knew today I had to give everything I got and impress the UK coaches and just try to do my best out here," Rich said.
Rich entered the race as the favorite and beat his closest competitor by seven seconds. Still, Rich said he had areas he wanted to improve.
"I'm really working on basically pacing myself, trying to get that pace set in my mind, try to go with it and push myself," he said.
Also in the Class A race, Charleston Catholic senior Marcus Black took fourth (4:36.70) and Irish teammate Caden McClanahan fifth (4:36.81) as both narrowly edged Doddridge County's Matthew Zorn (4:36.93).
Like Rich, Burcham ran away from the field. After racing closely with Jefferson's Andrew Milliron for two laps, Burcham opened the gap in the final 800 meters to comfortably win. Burcham, an Oklahoma Sooners commit, finished with a time of 4:13.33
In addition to Burcham, George Washington's Matthew Brafford attained All-State status, finishing fourth at 4:24.73.
In the Class AA boys 1600, Scott's Will Shaffer led all locals, placing second with a time of 4:24.80.
On the girls side, no one could catch standout Maggie Drazba, of St. Marys, though Charleston Catholic freshman Payton Mullen provided a gutsy runner-up performance in the Class A race.
"I was just thinking to stay and do as best as I can and let her do what she can do," Mullen said of racing with Drazba.
Mullen finished in 5:30.31, while Drazba blew away from the field in 5:03.53, seven seconds shy of her own state meet record.
Catholic's Quincy McKown took sixth and Peyton Keener eighth in the race.
In AAA, Capital sophomore Peyton Panger finished third at 5:10.99.
"I was feeling good going in, but the competition was obviously working just as hard as I was and I'm really happy with how it turned out," Panger said.
Hurricane twin sisters Emily Schwendiman and Natalie Schwendiman, both seniors, finished sixth and 11th, respectively.